Bedford Co. Public Schools to allow students to participate in National Walk Out

Millbrook High School students demonstrate against gun violence outside their school in Frederick County, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, following a school shooting in which over a dozen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., one week ago. (Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star via AP)

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- Bedford County Public Schools has released a statement about the planned 17-minute national school walkout on March 14.

Ryan Edwards, the public relations and community outreach coordinator, said that secondary schools will be allowing students to participate.

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After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and over a dozen injured, scores of students, many not even old enough to vote, have been pushed into a position of political leadership in the national debate over gun violence.

"We will be working closely with law enforcement to allow students to participate in designated and monitored locations," the statement read.

The school system said students who wish to peacefully and respectfully participate will not be disciplined.

But, the statement said that it is important to note that, as always, the safety and of students and staff will be a top priority and visitors will not be allowed to participate in the event.

"Our sympathy for the victims of this senseless tragedy in Florida will extend far beyond next Wednesday," the statement continued.

More than 18,000 people around the country plan to take part in the 17-minute walk out from 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m.

On March 24, a nation wide March for Our Lives will take place across the nation as well.

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